John Redcorn III (born September 11, 1959) is a recurring character in the show. He was originally voiced by Victor Aaron and, in later seasons, by Jonathan Joss.
John Redcorn, "Licensed New Age Healer", is Nancy Gribble's longtime Native American/American Indian masseur, her former lover of fourteen years and the biological father of Joseph Gribble.
Standing 6'2" and weighing 220 lbs., John Redcorn drives a tan Jeep Wrangler, and was the lead singer of the band Big Mountain Fudge Cake, for which Lucky played guitar followed by Elvin Mackelston also on guitar. Dale was briefly the manager. Following the breakup of the band, Redcorn began singing toned-down children's versions of his songs at the Strickland company barbecue and was instantly popular. When driving he is often heard playing Pat Benatar, including the hits "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Heartbreaker." On some occasions he has alternated his music with other classic hard rock bands, such as Deep Purple or Foreigner.
Whenever John Redcorn speaks of his native land or anything that deals with his tribe, a mysterious breeze will always pass through, gently ruffling his hair and making it flow majestically, satirizing the idea of the noble Native speaking of his land with wind blowing through his hair. He is notably always referred to by his full name, and never simply as John, except by children who refer to him as Mr. Redcorn. He was however on one occasion referred to as John R. Before his career as a New Age Healer, he was a security guard at concerts as portrayed in Vision Quest.
Relationship with Nancy
In the first four seasons, before Nancy rekindled her love affair with her husband, she and John Redcorn were seen almost constantly in each other's company. The implication is that their relationship was more substantial than a purely sexual dalliance. The Souphanousinphones figured it out very soon after moving to Arlen. In Peggy's Headache, Peggy was one of the last to realize it; Hank tells her 12 years into the affair, having assumed she knew but, like everyone else, never mentioned it.
Both Nancy's husband Dale and son Joseph are completely unaware of this, although this fact is obvious to everyone else in the neighborhood, even to Bobby (Hank and Peggy's son) due to Joseph's close resemblance to John Redcorn. Also, in the episode, "The Son That Got Away", Nancy asks Dale, "Do you want a beer, honey?" to which both Dale and John Redcorn answer "yes". In reply, Dale says, "How did he know I wanted a beer?"
Despite Dale's dedication to various conspiracy theories, Dale is completely unaware of Joseph's true parentage due to his belief that Redcorn is homosexual, although he once suspected that Joseph's father was an alien. No matter how obvious the affair between John Redcorn and Nancy was, Dale never deduced it; indeed, once, after having caught the two in bed, he merely apologizes for interrupting their "migraine treatment" and rushes out. In "Dog Dale Afternoon", Dale even caught Redcorn sneaking in through the window. At first, it appears that Dale has finally figured it out, but he really thought Redcorn was doing something with his (Dale's) new lawnmower. "Get away from my mower and start massaging my wife." John Redcorn then mentions to Nancy that Dale is "taking some of the fun out of this."
In "Hank Gets Dusted", John Redcorn, in trying to get filmed on a reality show, actually directly says to the camera that "I slept with Hank's best friend's wife for 13 years," with Dale standing inches away; Dale assumes that John Redcorn was referring to Bill. It is implied throughout the series that both he and Joseph are willfully ignorant of the affair, due to Dale's absolute devotion to his wife and the deep bond which he and Joseph share. A recurring gag early on in the show's run was that whenever Dale would make a comment about him being Joseph's father or Dale's relationship with Nancy, John Redcorn would show up.
John Redcorn still cares about Nancy and he was hurt when she ended their affair. During one of his less inspiring moments, John Redcorn lamented to Hank "I can't believe Nancy left me..." [indicates Dale] "for THAT." Hank simply replied, "She didn't leave you for that, John Redcorn. She married THAT two years before she met you." This claim that Nancy ended that affair, however, contradicts the episode Nancy's Boys, where Redcorn was the one ended the affair after developing a closer relationship with Dale when he helped him reclaim land from the government.
In the Season 5 Episode "Spin the Choice," John Redcorn accepts the U.S. government's offer of 12 acres of unincorporated land, not all of which is adjacent due to a highway running through the land, to settle a lawsuit in which he sought to reclaim the 130,000 acres of land taken by the United States from the Anasazi tribe. Due to his belief that the government had cheated John Redcorn’s people, Dale proved instrumental in helping John Redcorn file his lawsuit, using the Freedom of Information Act and encouraging John Redcorn when others turned against him. Feeling guilty, John Redcorn started to reveal to Dale the details of his affair with Nancy and stated: "Fourteen years ago, I was refilling my jeep when I first met..." implying that he and Nancy first met at a gas station. He was not able to finish the admission, but in the end, John Redcorn willed the land to Dale, as a token of their friendship and as a way to pass something down to Joseph, to whom John Redcorn wishes he could tell the truth. When (in the same episode), he was given the chance to renew his affair with Nancy, he refused out of a sense of loyalty and gratitude to Dale, concluding that Nancy's husband was a genuinely good (if naive) man and that he could not betray someone who had worked so selflessly to help him. Dale also not only has no idea of the affair, but believes John Redcorn to be a "true friend".
In "Sug Night", Dale finds out that Hank had a "sex dream" about Nancy from John Redcorn, saying, "John Redcorn is a true friend." John Redcorn is furious and screams at Hank and Dale attempts to attack Hank. In a recent episode, John Redcorn finally attempted to get back together with Nancy. She was partially receptive to his advances, but later decided to stay with her husband. In the episode "My Own Private Rodeo", it is revealed that Dale believes John Redcorn is gay (this may be a reason he never suspected Nancy and John Redcorn having an affair).
Redcorn is frustrated by the fact that Dale is raising Joseph and despite his resemblance to John and his physical/athletic prowess, Joseph is more like Dale. Dale was the one who spent the most time raising and watching Joseph. Joseph talks like an American teenager and believes a lot of Dale's crackpot theories. Joseph seems to have no interest in his own biological Native American roots, acting like a normal spazzy American white teenager. He seems uncomfortable and creeped out by John Redcorn. Since Dale is the one who has really raised him and spent the most time with him, Joseph is socially awkward and is a buffoon a lot of the time. Most people state repeatedly: "Joseph is DALE'S son," much to John Redcorn heartbreak.
In the episode "Untitled Blake McCormick Project", John Redcorn finds out he had a daughter, named Kate, by a woman named Charlene (who had a son three years after the affair with John Redcorn, the father of her son is not talked about), during the same period that he was having an affair with Nancy Gribble. This woman had fallen for Bill and had moved her family in with him; likewise, Kate and Joseph fell for each other which disturbed all the characters aware of the children's shared parentage. At the end of the episode Charlene and her two kids leave Bill and move in with John Redcorn, but they were never mentioned again after that one episode.
Order of the Straight Arrow
King of the Ant Hill (non-speaking)
Plastic White Female (non-speaking)
Jumpin' Crack Bass (It's a Gas, Gas, Gas)
The Son That Got Away
The Company Man
Hank's Dirty Laundry
Death of a Propane Salesman
Next of Shin
Good Hill Hunting
The Wedding of Bobby Hill (non-speaking)
Sleight of Hank
Hank's Cowboy Movie
Dog Dale Afternoon
Revenge of the Lutefisk
As Old as the Hills
Happy Hank's Giving
To Kill a Ladybird
Rodeo Days (non-speaking)
Spin the Choice
Of Mice and Little Green Men
The Witches of East Arlen
Rich Hank, Poor Hank
My Hair Lady
Ms. Wakefield (episode)
Care-Takin' Care of Business
Redcorn Gambles With His Future
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown
You Gotta Believe (In Moderation)
Hank Gets Dusted
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Lucky's Wedding Suit
Death Picks Cotton
Untitled Blake McCormick Project
Strangeness on a Train
Born Again on the Fourth of July
Manger Baby Einstein (final appearance)
To Sirloin With Love (mentioned)
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- Redcorn drives a tan 1985 Jeep CJ-7.
- As hinted throughout numerous episodes, Redcorn is a fan of traditional hard rock and heavy metal, as songs by The Edgar Winter Group, Foriegner, Foghat, Journey, Deep Purple, and other bands are often heard playing on his Jeep's radio.
- Whenever Redcorn would say something about nature, his hair would flow in the wind to a Native-American esque song.
- The reason for the voice actor changing is due to Victor Aaron's death in 1997.